2003 Detroit Tigers: Where Are They Now?

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2008

The 2003 season was a very ugly scene for the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers bombed their way to a 43-119 record, which placed them dead last not only in the American League Central, but also in Major League Baseball.

The season was so bad that it ranks as the 8th worst in the history of Major League Baseball and it ranks 4th worst in the history of the American League. The year was pretty disappointing to the Tigers, but it still dosen't compare to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, whose record was 20-134.

Only five players remain on the Tigers roster from 2003. Fernando Rodney, Brandon Inge, Ramon Santiago, Jeremy Bonderman, and Nate Robertson all were a part of the team.

The Tigers stadium, Comerica Park, in just its 3rd season, saw just over one million fans come through the gates. That attendance ranked 13 out of 14 American League teams.

Since 2003, many players have gone to other teams, been placed in the minors or have retired. Here is the list of the 2003 roster and where they are now.

Brandon Inge: Still with the Tigers

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Carlos Pena: Plays for the Tampa Bay Rays

Warren Morris: Retired after 2005

Eric Munson: In Houston Astros minor league system

Ramon Santiago: Still with the Tigers

Craig Monroe: Plays for the Minnesota Twins

Alex Sanchez: Busted for steriods, Retired after 2007

Bobby Higginson: Retired after 2005

Dmitri Young: Plays for the Washington Nationals

Shane Halter: Retired after 20005

Omar Infante: Plays for the Atlanta Braves

Andres Torres: In the Chicago Cubs minor league system

Matt Walbeck: Retired after 2003

Mike Maroth: In the Kansas City Royals minor league system

Nate Cornejo: Retired after 2006

Jeremy Bonderman: Still with the Tigers

Nate Robertson: Still with the Tigers

Adam Bernero: In the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system

Franklin German: In the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system

Matt Roney: Retired after 2007

Jamie Walker: Plays for the Baltimore Orioles

Chris Spurling: In the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system

Steve Sparks: Retired after 2004

Fernando Rodney: Still with the Tigers

Wilfredo Ledezma: Plays for the San Diego Padres

Since this group of men combined for 119 losses, the Tigers have been to the World Series. The change came as GM Dave Domrowski went from Alan Trammell to Jim Leyland as the manager. Leyland has had load of success as the Tigers' skipper and it looks like it will continue.

The 2003 Tigers Stats